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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented Policy
(Last amended March 2013)
Comprehensive schools cater for the full range of learners, including the gifted and talented. Whilst every learner is unique, some types of learners need particular attention.
Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical.
Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. Gifted and talented students vary in terms of the nature and level of their abilities.
Gifted and talented students benefit from a number of opportunities, programs and strategies that recognise their abilities and enhance their performance.
School communities have a responsibility to:
  • Identify their gifted and talented students.
  • Foster collaborative home-school partnerships to support gifted and talented students.
  • Provide a range of opportunities and to monitor and evaluate programs for their gifted and talented students.
Teachers have a responsibility to:
  • Identify the gifted and talented students in their classes, with support.
  • Select and implement a variety of teaching strategies for the inclusion in programs for the range of gifted and talented students in their classes.
  • Schools have a responsibility to:
  • Provide opportunities for staff development in the education of gifted and talented students for principals, teachers and other appropriate personnel.
Educational practices promoted in the field of gifted and talented education draw on information about:
  • The nature, identification and development of gifts and talents in the school population
  • The implementation of effective curriculum and instruction for gifted and talented students.
Procedures and Programs
Identification and Grouping Strategies
Year 7 and 8 is divided into a top stream and a mixed ability grouping. In addition, there is a targeted extension class in Year 7 and Year 8.
For Years 9 and 10 students are placed in top classes on the basis of their assessment and examination results in individual subjects.
Curriculum differentiation
PPHS is working towards training staff to include differentiated learning in all teaching and learning programs.
Differentiation includes enrichment and extension activities. Enrichment refers to the broadening of the curriculum,
whereas extension refers to the deepening of knowledge, understanding and skills.
It is expected that students in the top classes will be provided with differentiated programming. Such programming
  • High expectations for each student
  • Providing different avenues to acquiring content, processing or developing products
  • Allowing students to choose ways of learning and how to demonstrate their learning
  • Flexible groupings within the class based on the student's needs
  • Talented Sports Program (accelerated sports coaching)
The school offers an array of general and subject-based offerings on top of the mandatory curriculum, including
competitions, awards, exhibitions, ensembles and teams, both external and internal to the school .